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Apr 11, 2010 11:00am EDT
, in virginia, bob mcdonell declaring confederate history month, a huge media flap ensued, he was on the front of pains, he was ripped because there was no mention of slavery. the governor later apologizing for leaving out slavery. do you think the way the media turned this into a hot-button controversy forced mcdonell to apologize? >> i think because of the circumstances around it. he went against the pattern that had been established by other republican governors in recognizing this history of the confederacy. there had always been mention of slavery. anybody that brings up the history of the con ffederacy an does not make slavery a part of it, that's just a lie that should have been brought to the front and brought to the front quickly. what made it extra juicy is when sheila johnson, a black woman who was one of his supporters, came out and said are you kidding me? for all of those reasons it was a good story. >> i didn't see most conservative commentators defending mcdonell on this? >> it was dreadful week for republicans on race. you had michael steele saying his party is holding him to
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